What an exuberant description of wild strawberries!  A coral coinage with the berries singing not only in batches, but in tune!

‘Once in Abkhazia I came upon whole streaks of northern wild strawberries … How happy this coral coinage of the northern summer made me!  The ripe glandular berries hung in triads and pentads, and they sang in batches, and in tune.’


Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 64 – reviewed here.

Photo credit: Christian Widell, unsplash.com


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